Just eh. I mean, it was fun. Fun to be away from my toddler for a couple of days. Fun to hang out with an old college friend. Fun to sit outside on a gorgeous fall day. Fun to watch original Muppet episodes while not worrying about getting a little one in the bath and off to bed. Still, the part about making money by selling things – well, that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, or maybe it’s just that my expectations were too high. I’ll know more after my next show, I guess! Still, I had a great time and learned a lot!
I spent some time with my friend Jenny from Charlie Thyme down in Jersey a couple of weekends ago, and we shared a booth at a local street fair. I displayed some crocheted scarves, some baby hats, and the mess of friendship bracelets I had made. Jenny showed off her awesome mason jar soap dispensers and the cutest mason jar lid pumpkins.
Some thoughts for myself and for you, for the future:
1. I love love love the stamp I ordered from StampOutOnline! I didn’t have a graphic logo, so I just put my name and ways of contact, but the lettering was so crisp, it really made my tags look awesome.
I also found a Thank You stamp at ACMoore the night before, and it was a perfect little addition to reflect my asian self!
2. I had read to beware of putting the display table between you and your customers, so we had originally set up so people would walk under our tent while we sat to the side of our tables. But it seemed everyone was hesitant to come within several feet and would just lean over and peruse from afar. We inverted our L-shaped setup and sat behind the tables for the rest of the day, and that actually seemed to attract more people. Potential customers would come right up to the table without feeling intimidated by us.
3. We had this beautiful set up with our wares placed sporadically in eye-pleasing configurations, but again, I think customers were intimidated by the set-up. It was harder for people to pick up items and feel the construction. Parents seemed especially nervous when their children came up to look.
4. Be prepared! Set up your table ahead of time and take pictures of it. I was so excited and nervous and overwhelmed (and tired) when I got to our spot in the morning, I had really no idea where to start. I’m so glad we took pictures of our setup the day before! Oh yeah, and being organized in your packing is a good thing too!
So, do you have any other ideas or suggestions or advice for my next craft show experience?
Have you found certain table set-ups to be better than others, both the configuration and the displays?
Is it normal to have 90% of the people who stop by to admire not actually buy anything?
Do you negotiate prices, individually or for multiples?